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I am speaking at WordCamp Las Vegas 2013 on Unit Testing Plugins

I have the pleasure of speaking at WordCamp Las Vegas this year on the subject of Unit Testing Plugins in WordPress.

Your plugin is broken; do you know why? In this session, Ben will show you some simple principles to help you integrate unit testing in your plugins that will help you find and eliminate bugs before they happen.

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How to get a developer job part VI – Put your community to work

This is part VI of a multipart series titled How to get a developer job in Seattle, or Anywhere.

Never underestimate the power of a human connection. Using job sites to send in your resume is a great way to spread your resume over a large number of employers quickly, however it is akin to a cold call by a sales man. Employers are far more likely to quickly evaluate you based on a brief scan of your resume for keywords and move on to the next resume. On the other hand, employers trust the advice of their employees and friends. By tapping into your existing social networks you can add the human element to your search. If a friend recommends you an employer is far more likely to call you in for an interview and consider you a credible resource.

Steve spent several months building up his skill set, portfolio, and recognition in the WordPress community. When it came time for him to start seriously looking for a full time developer position he let his social networks know. I happened to know of a great firm that was looking for someone and was able to link them together. Due to my personal relationship with the managers at this firm he was given top consideration and ultimately a position on their team.

Leverage every social network that you have available to you to help increase your chances of getting that job you always desired. Lets talk about just a few that you should be using.

Family and friends

The family and friends that you see on a daily basis may not know or understand much about the field you are going into, but it is a good bet that they know other people, and those people know people. Tell your family and friends that you are on the lookout for a job and ask them to keep their eyes and ears open for anyone looking to hire. This group is probably the least likely to quickly get you a job, but you may be surprised at the resources available inside this group.


Twitter is an amazing network of publicly traded messages. Send out tweets until you find your job on a semi regular basis. Alter the wording each time and eventually someone may see your tweet and call you in for an interview. It is worth noting that not only do your connections see your tweets, but Twitter is upon to the public and anyone can view your messages. It is a common practice now for recruiter to setup keyword searches on Twitter and message people about possible job opportunities.

While you are tweeting, ask your connection to retweet your message. This will not only hit your network of connections, but theirs as well and can broaden your reach considerably. It is also taken as a sign of personal endorsement if one of your connections retweets you.


LinkedIn is much more than just a place to hold your online resume. It is also one of the largest resources used by recruiters when looking for employees. Update your job status to seeking. You should also join and group on LinkedIn that have your desire job characteristics. Often these groups post available positions.


Facebook is more of a social network for making personal connections rather than professional, but it is worth updating your status there as well. You never know who may happen to see your status and know of an available position.

Resources in the community

All communities have additional resources, some of them you found in the previous article on getting creds. Be sure you leverage whatever resources are there, be it job boards, status updates, or other social resources.

Congrats, you made it through the entire series of articles on finding a developer job. I hope that the contents has been useful to you. Please feel free to leave comments based on your experience with the suggestions put forth in these articles.

How to get a developer job part V – Tap into some resources

This is part V of a multipart series titled How to get a developer job in Seattle, or Anywhere.

Up to this point you have learned how to create a resume, build credentials in your target community, and to show of what you have done and can do. Now it is time to start translating that into the actual job hunt.

I am going to focus on just three online resources. These are only three of the major job outlets online. You should also be looking into job boards in your community, and any other ways in which jobs may be posted and found in the community.


Monster is probably the most well known job site on the entire internet. With over a million job posting at any time there is sure to be something there to catch your eye. Monster is not a tech only job board, but spans the entire gamut of industries and positions.

In addition to being the largest job site on the internet, Monster also provides many really good tools to help you build resumes and show off your skill set. If you are still having issues filling in your resume run through the resume wizard. You may be surprised at the amount of information Monster is able to pull out of you. It is good to use this wizard anyways. Use the results to improve upon your existing resume.


Dice is one of the premier technology job sites on the internet. At the time of this writing there are approximately 90,000 jobs listed. Dice also provides some great tools for helping you create an online resume. Use the advanced search option and you can drill down very specifically for the job type and locations you are looking for. Additionally, Dice is one of the few job sites that supports telecommute only position searches.

The Ladders

The Ladders is a premium job site. This site is not your normal “go and search site”. The Ladders works hard to connect you with employers and recruiters tailored to your specific job desires. It does cost money, though there is a free version that allows you to search through the job listing titles, and will attempt to electronically match you with employers.

This article has been much shorter than the rest, but there is simply no way to cover all of the available resources out there to find a job. Be sure to look around your community for job boards, be they online or on a pin board. Additionally you should connect in the human element and have your friends keep an eye out for opportunities as well. More about that in the next article coming out tomorrow.

Camera+ vs Regular iPhone 4 camera

I have been using Camera+here and there for several weeks. Mostly I have used some of the enhancement filters to make a few photos look better on my iPhone 4 before emailing them to someone. A couple days ago I took the photo on the left, not too bad. Then I ran it through the clarity filter in Camera+ to come up with the photo on the right. Much better. It could still be better, but on a 4 megapixel phone camera with a tiny sensor it is not too shabby.

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Photo processed with Camera+

Photo processed with Camera+

Original iPhone photo

Original iPhone photo

Financing Real Estate Investments for Dummies by Ralph R. Roberts and Chip Cummings




Your practical guide to scoring cash to fuel your real estate investments

Want to be a smart, successful real estate investor? This no-nonsense guide contains everything you must know to make the right choices about financing your investments — from the various options available and the impact on cash flow to the tax implications and risk factors involved. You also get tried-and-true tips for surviving a down market and using current investments to finance future ones.


Financing Real Estate Investments for Dummies provides an overwhelming amount of information to the reader. This book is a great resource for both the novice and seasoned real estate investor seeking financing and goes into every aspect you need to know to secure financing. Chip Cummings provides many real world examples from deals he has done. This book is the most in-depth and comprehensive financing book on the market. I highly recommend all real estate investors have a copy in their library.


I was no paid, asked to, or provided any incentive to publish this review

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